By Andrew X. Pham
Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim publication Prize
A New York Times awesome booklet of the Year
Winner of the Whiting Writers' Award
A Seattle Post-Intelligencer most sensible ebook of the Year
Catfish and Mandala is the tale of an American odyssey—a solo bicycle voyage round the Pacific Rim to Vietnam—made through a tender Vietnamese-American guy in pursuit of either his followed fatherland and his forsaken place of birth.
Andrew X. Pham was once born in Vietnam and raised in California. His father were a POW of the Vietcong; his relations got here to the United States as "boat people." Following the suicide of his sister, Pham hand over his task, bought all of his possessions, and launched into a year-long bicycle trip that took him throughout the Mexican desolate tract, round a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after 5 months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, the place he reveals "nothing regular within the bombed-out darkness." In Vietnam, he's taken for eastern or Korean by means of his countrymen, other than, in fact, by way of his family members, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to accomplish his trip ("Only Westerners can do it"); and within the usa he's thought of whatever yet American. a colourful, picaresque memoir written with narrative aptitude and an eye-opening experience of event, Catfish and Mandala is an unforgettable look for cultural id.
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